Baseball bats made from recycled aluminum from bullet trains
Bullet trains (shinkansen), which are very popular with children, are being reborn as baseball bats for children.
Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) Group has established a method to recycle a large amount of aluminum from the car bodies of scrapped Tokaido Shinkansen trains and has obtained a patent. This “Tokaido Shinkansen Train Aluminum” reduces CO2 emissions by approximately 97% compared to making new aluminum, and the group was looking for further uses for the material.
Meanwhile, Mizuno is promoting various initiatives to reduce its environmental impact in order to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and wanted to reduce the environmental impact of its products in particular.
The JR Central Group and Mizuno, both of which are facing difficult issues, have cooperated under the idea of “wanting to support boys and girls who chase their dreams,” and have developed aluminum baseball bats for children using recycled aluminum from Tokaido Shinkansen trains.
Mizuno is actively working with external partners to reduce its environmental impact. It aims to protect the rich global environment where people can enjoy sports, and pass it on to the next generation.